The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance for workplaces to help them prepare for COVID-19.
As businesses across the world close or introduce working from home measures, there are many industries that have been left feeling ill-prepared for the outbreak of Coronavirus and how they can protect the workplace and their workers during the outbreak.
Whilst the document is not a standard or regulation, and instead outlines recommendations and information on mandatory safety and health standards, it is a publication that will be welcomed by many companies across various industries. The document first outlines what COVID-19 is and how it can impact workers and the workplace, and then continues to provide guidance on how businesses can act.
The current sections are:
- About COVID-19
- How a COVID-19 Outbreak Could Affect Workplaces
- Steps All Employers Can Take to Reduce Workers’ Risk of Exposure to SARS-CoV-2
- Classifying Worker Exposure to SARS-CoV-2
- Jobs Classified at Lower Exposure Risk (Caution): What to Do to Protect Workers
- Jobs Classified at Medium Exposure Risk: What to Do to Protect Workers
- Workers Living Abroad or Traveling Internationally
- For More Information
- OSHA Assistance, Services, and Programs
- OSHA Regional Offices
- How to Contact OSHA
You can access the full document here: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf